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4/21/2016 April-A Good Month to be Alive in Wisconsin

The surf and turf games are erupting nicely all over this fine state.  April is for breaking out, and a great month to be alive and an outdoorsman in Wisconsin. Good buddy Jim Olsson is back at his usual antics terrorizing the fish and game of Wisconsin.  The photo below is of Jim wit... More

4/5/2016 The Keys to a Great Florida Trip

 This alligator was one of many seen in the Everglades on the way to the Florida Keys. Located in the heart of the Florida Keys between the more famous Key Largo and Key West, Key Marathon was our target last week for a 7-day great escape.  Lori and I experienced the Keys for the first ... More

3/22/2016 Turkey Tags Available

According to a DNR release received March 18, Wisconsin turkey hunters are reminded that leftover spring turkey permits go on sale beginning March 21.The 109,367 leftover permits for the 2016 spring turkey hunting season will be first issued for sale by zone, one zone per day. Each zone will have a ... More

3/10/2016 Ice Out! Almost Anyway!

With warm weather come thoughts of open water on the inland lakes, at least here in southern Wisconsin where ice conditions are deteriorating rapidly.  Some fishermen are venturing out on the rivers including the Wisconsin at the Dells and north to Wausau and the Fox at DePere in search of wall... More

2/26/2016 See you at the Wisconsin State Hunting Expo!

On Wisconsin Outdoors will be one of 120 exhibitors at the Wisconsin State Hunting Expo held today, February 26 through Sunday February 28 at Shopko Hall in Green Bay. We’ll be passing out the March-April issue of OWO, hot off the presses with more fishing, hunting, firearms and travel stori... More

2/19/2016 Hot as Ice….Fishing Fanatics Find Fish

When I have too much work to do and can’t find my way into the field, like right now with the March-April issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors in final production, I like to live vicariously through our own writers and guides.  You can too by connecting with this website and clicking on “... More

2/3/2016 Show Time!

Golden Eagle Log Homes’ Log & Timber Home Show offered free to the public will kick off a number of fabulous hunting, fishing, and other outdoor-related shows produced by On Wisconsin Outdoors' advertisers throughout the state. Learn everything you need to build and own a log home with... More

1/28/2016 January Games-ice fishing and upland game

Dick Henske and English Setter Lucy work a January morning near Manitowish Waters for grouse. Although January’s severe cold weather has sent us running more and more for the tip-ups and the hardwater, we have not forgotten dog work and upland game.  Grouse remains open in the north co... More

1/12/2016 The Nuts of Winter

And I thought I was a bit off my rocker for my January outdoor excursions, one of which you will read about to conclude this blog.  Meet John Luthens and Jerry Kiesow, both trout fishing addicts and On Wisconsin Outdoors’ writers.  So yes, to venture out in search of trout in January... More

12/28/2015 Thank you…and Help Wanted

Healthy New Year to our readers and your families. From December 2014 through November 2015 more than 326,700 unique visitors delivered 5,202,955 hits to our website at Six times annually, 50,000 copies of our print issues disappear from the shelves across the state, an... More

12/10/2015 Girls Win!

Schaffhauser niece Sophie with a beautiful doe taken in northwest Wisconsin. Okay, women win. Got that boys? It’s appropriate that some more deer photos came in with women and their kills with much of the gun and archery seasons complete; I just finished reading the column slated for the J... More

11/27/2015 Happy Thanksgiving. Go Pack

I am in the field deer hunting and will be sending a more detailed blog in the next few day.  For now, things have been sparse hunting in the northland despite many hours in the field for our camp.   The following trail wolf  photos submitted by Peter Mikhael of Bayfield Coun... More

11/16/2015 More Nice Bucks!

OWO contributing writer and film man Jimmy Olsson (no relation to Superman) and bow hunters Karson Korth of Clintonville, Nate Baron of Ashland, Eric Biesek and Joe Jenz from central Wisconsin, and Ohioan Glen Sheetz all score big in the archery fields this week and send us the results. Jim Olss... More

11/5/2015 In A Rut…and Loving It

The later the better it seems to bowhunt northern Wisconsin prior to the gun deer season.  For us, the best hunting in Vilas County has always been week two and three of November.  In the hey-day of Wisconsin deer hunting meaning the 1990s and early 2000s, we routinely would not see any sc... More

10/26/2015 What to Chase?

Duck, grouse, pheasant, and deer have each been taking their share of our time in northern and southern Wisconsin and it has been, oh so fun.  But for the next week, we’re so heavy into final production of the On Wisconsin Outdoors’ November-December issue that I personally am getti... More

10/9/2015 If I Could Only Shoot…..

No one with the exception of Micah would play with me last week for the opening weekend duck opener in the southern Zone, so we ushered in the season with a walk-in hunt in Sheboygan County Kettle Moraine country.  The wood ducks were there…if I could only shoot. Better days.  Jo... More

9/30/2015 Hunting and Fishing…Wisconsin Style

Continuing to make hay when the sun shines on the September Wisconsin hunting and fishing seasons, I landed on the Embarrass River Friday with Guide Gordy Pagel to target smallies during a 6-hour float trip. Gordy is a great guide and things went smoothly as expected on this beautiful Wolf River tri... More

9/15/2015 2600 Miles of Wisconsin Hunting & Fishing

  Guide Ron Bergman shows another crappie caught on the Chippewa Flowage. The miles piled up on the odometer in recent weeks as the Wisconsin hunting seasons collided with the fishing seasons and the invitations came in from across Wisconsin to cover stories.  I landed on the Chippewa Fl... More

8/28/2015 Now on Stands!

8th Anniversary Issue!      The biggest and the best On Wisconsin Outdoors yet begins to be stocked throughout Wisconsin today.  50,000 copies of our 8th Anniversary issue will be distributed everywhere in Badgerland by the end of next week. If you want to make it easy on ... More

8/24/2015 Kwik Trip Contest Winners Appreciate Time with Top Guide

Lake Wausau, a 1,851 acre impoundment of the Wisconsin River, served as the perfect match recently to host the winners of the Kwik Trip-sponsored contest to fish a day with talented guide and On Wisconsin Outdoors’ columnist Phil Schweik.  Marie Rose, Guide Phil Schweik and Dan Rose wa... More

8/10/2015 A Scents-able Approach to Hunting Bears

It’s always fun at this time of year to watch and listen as Mike Foss and Northern Wisconsin Outfitters close in on the bear season. Inevitably, the boys of Bayfield County are also closing in on some really big bears as they wind down on a spring and summer’s worth of baiting.  Alo... More

7/31/2015 They’re Hereeeee….

Special Needs Picnic, DeerFest Arrive! The New Berlin Gobblin’ Longbeards and the Lakeview Rod & Gun Club will host a Wheelin’ Sportsmen Special Needs Picnic Sunday, August 2, at 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Lakeview Rod & Gun Club on Big Muskego Lake.  This event is for peop... More

7/28/2015 BEC Recap, Saving Bambi, and More

As touched on last week, a 40 inch musky caught and released on Presque Isle by the father and son team of John and Dave Morten won the Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic last week.    Bill Beno came in second with a 30 inch fish, and several fish were lost during the no-money and plain fun... More

7/18/2015 Kids Fish

A great time was had by all at the Bob Ellis Classic last Saturday; a no-money, no worry, Vilas County row trolling musky tournament in honor of our late, great, Hall of Fame angling uncle who left us too early. We’ll have photos and complete results next week. I will say that the father-son t... More

7/7/2015 DeerFest, Special Needs Picnic Just Ahead

DeerFest, the nation’s largest all deer festival, returns to Washington County Fair Park in West Bend July 31 to August 2.  Check out all the details at, and on the flyers below.  Kwik Trip is the DeerFest Bag sponsor this year.  Bags will be distributed to... More